Report: Jeff Triplette will retire

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Jeff Triplette, the much-criticized referee who worked Saturday’s Titans-Chiefs game, has reportedly decided to call it a career.

Triplette has told people around the league that he is retiring from the officiating business, Aditi Kinkhabwala‏ of NFL Network reports.

Saturday’s apparent career finale was not a good performance by Triplette, who drew criticism from former head of officiating Mike Pereira and had clearly angered Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

Triplette became an NFL field judge in 1996 and was promoted to referee in 1999. He is remembered primarily for his mistakes, including accidentally injuring Browns offensive tackle Orlando Brown’s eye with a weighted penalty flag, and making a replay error in a 2013 Bengals-Colts game, leading the NFL to change the replay process to give the league office input.

Off the field, Triplette has a reputation as a good man who is well liked by those who know him personally. He is a retired Army colonel who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service during the Gulf War.

97 responses to “Report: Jeff Triplette will retire

  1. I suspect if you dig deep enough you can build a negative or positive file on just about anyone. Triplette and crew had a bad game but they’re not the first and won’t be the last. Football players need to overcome bad calls and win by how they play. Pats have been doing it for years!!

  2. I don’t blame Triplette for his bad calls. I blame the NFL and the lack of attention and training that officiating the game should require. I get that officials are human and make mistakes, but the common level of error acceptance is bush league for such a wealthy sport.

    Hope the guy has a happy retirement.

  3. Being a referee is a classic thankless profession. If you officiate a flawless game, nobody learns your name, you don’t stick out at all, and you don’t receive any credit. If you make errors(especially in big games), players, coaches, fans crucify you. Even the league throws you under the bus from time to time. Forget that most people could never make 20% of the calls these guys make in real time, full speed. Fans watch 10 replays in super slo-mo before deciding if it was the right call or not, give me a break…

    Between calling or not calling hundreds of rules during a 3 hr game, I imagine they make or don’t make calls on hundreds of opportunities. But miss 3 or 4 out of 300 and the whole world calls for their jobs. And the worst part!!!…….if they make the correct call on a terrible rule, they STILL get skewered. As in the many cases of maintaining control of the ball while hitting the ground. There isn’t enough money to make me want to be an NFL referee.

    Too bad for Triplette though. He’s probably missed a few dozen calls over a few dozen years and he’ll retire with the whole world hating him instead of being remembered as one of the highest graded refs in league history.

  4. Kick Triplette all you want… but it was the NFL who kept him employed and gave him a playoff game to officiate.

    Questions need to be asked of those decision making people considering officiating in the playoffs is supposed to be granted to those crews who excelled during the regular season.

  5. mrkbuilders says:
    January 7, 2018 at 10:28 am
    Being a referee is a classic thankless profession. If you officiate a flawless game, nobody learns your name, you don’t stick out at all, and you don’t receive any credit. If you make errors(especially in big games), players, coaches, fans crucify you. Even the league throws you under the bus from time to time. Forget that most people could never make 20% of the calls these guys make in real time, full speed. Fans watch 10 replays in super slo-mo before deciding if it was the right call or not, give me a break…

    Between calling or not calling hundreds of rules during a 3 hr game, I imagine they make or don’t make calls on hundreds of opportunities. But miss 3 or 4 out of 300 and the whole world calls for their jobs. And the worst part!!!…….if they make the correct call on a terrible rule, they STILL get skewered. As in the many cases of maintaining control of the ball while hitting the ground. There isn’t enough money to make me want to be an NFL referee.

    Too bad for Triplette though. He’s probably missed a few dozen calls over a few dozen years and he’ll retire with the whole world hating him instead of being remembered as one of the highest graded refs in league history.
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    Good post!! The pressure on these officials is tremendous, especially knowing some “suit” at HQ is watching every call you make, looking for an opportunity to overturn it.

  6. Triplette retiring won’t solve anything.
    Look at all the complaints at other officials.

    How many of you are willing to be subjected to this level of criticism?
    Think about it.

    Everything you do at your job is recorded. Then your boss and coworkers and the world watch a replay of your mistakes. And then they rip you a new one.

    Would you want that?

  7. There’s a lot more NFL officials than him that need to go, including the ones monitoring replays that are apparently at least partially blind and any displaying ANY simblance of bias toward players or teams. And off the field cred should have zilch to do with any of these guys (or gals) job status whereas his on the field reputation should have excluded him from being assigned to a playoff officiating squad. If they are bad refs they need to be ousted without having to oust themselves via retirement.

  8. Retire???? Hahaha… you mean you either retire or you will be terminated. Now if the NFL would have terminated him then they would be admitting to how poor of a job he does. We all know the NFL doesn’t want to do that. So Jeff go ahead and call it a retirement and we will compensate you for your service.

  9. He did exactly what he (and all the other refs) was supposed to do…make Vegas a ton of money by controlling the outcome of the game.

    He’s just not as good at hiding it as the rest of them.

  10. Good first step.

    Now get rid of Al Riveron who has wrongfully overturned two calls (vs NYJ and the Steelers) and NOT overturned one (the Cooks game winning “catch” vs Houston) that have literally decided 3 games in their favor. I’m not even including the horrific K. Benjamin one vs the Bills when that game was still a tight one.

  11. Every year it seems Andy Reid is pissed at the refs after an early playoff exit. And every year people turn a blind eye to his errors in crucial moments during the final minutes…..only to rinse & repeat next year.

    Somehow Andy Reid is considered a top 5 coach in the NFL. I don’t think that is an accolade for him, rather an indictment on how poor of a coaching drop there is between the Darth Hoodie and everyone else…

  12. The NFL needs to hire full time ref’s. Bottom line. These guys ( and lady ) need to work on football rules and regulations only, all year.

  13. To be fair people only really see referees when a call they perceive to be incorrect is made. I am no better and have disagreed with them in the same way many times. I forget in the moment usually that the majority of calls/rulings they make are correct and that we don’t recognize this as often. Its a tough game with a constantly changing rule book and players that get faster all the time.

  14. It must really suck to be the team that got screwed so bad that the ref decided to call it quits rather than give an explanation

  15. This is confirmed proof that NFL refs are not held accountable for gaffs, not only was he NOT let go, he got promoted throughout the years. Controversy keeps people interested in the NFL so of course Goodell loves this guy.

  16. He embezzled money from the NFL with no consequences, so why not ride off? Take Ed Hockalugey with you.

  17. Thank you for your distinguished service in the Armed Forces Mr Triplett. Pay no attention to these keyboard warriors who dole out insults with the freedoms you helped to afford them. Sometimes we forget what really matters in this world. Salute!

  18. Yes, officiating is a thankless job but how can you mess up as badly as they did last night and call it anything less than incompetent. If it were a normal job he would have been fired after the game, if not during.

  19. Great. Now let’s see if Jerome Boger and Tony Corrente (who are also in my Top 3 Worst Refs) can “retire” as well.

    And let’s not forget Pete Morelli, Walt Coleman, Walt Anderson and Terry McAully… they are also pretty bad…

  20. All referee’s get critized as they’re the face you see on TV. They, and their crew’s, miss calls every game. It’s a tough job. Triplett though was in a class of his own. Ever since he blew the coin toss in Detroit, he’s been a joke through out the NFL. His games ran longer due to his confusion on the field and with his crew. He should have been put out to pasture a long time ago. He joins Joe West and Angel Martinez as the face of poor officiating.

  21. And agree with the poster who said that Andy cost the Chiefs that game. Not Trip and his crew. The game was horribly called, but the loss is on the Chiefs and the Chiefs alone.

  22. It’s a thankless job, they are underpaid, whatever they are getting paid. I am hoping Alberto Riveron is next on the retirement plan.

  23. I think I remember that 2013 game between the colts-Bengals. I think the article is referring to the Benjarvis Green Ellis goal line touchdown. If I remember correctly his knee hit the ground and was down, then he scored and was called a touchdown? Something like that.

  24. Good luck to an Army vet as he embarks upon the next phase of his career.

    Also, good riddance to one of the worst officials in memory. Maybe he can take Phil “Which one’s heads?” Luckett with him.

  25. mrkbuilders says:

    January 7, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Being a referee is a classic thankless profession. If you officiate a flawless game, nobody learns your name, you don’t stick out at all, and you don’t receive any credit.
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    People watch games for the PLAYERS, not the officials.

    You want glory, “credit”, notoriety???? Strap on the pads and play. Referee’s are hired to be anonymous!

    As for Triplette’s service and the Bronze Star, of course we all appreciate his service. That doesn’t mean he makes a good referee. If he instead became an air traffic controller and had planes crashing all over the place, would he get a “pass” for that, too?

  26. thank you for your service to our country sir!! not the best referee but hey nobodys perfect. at least he was an equal opportunity bad call maker. he didnt favor any one team he made bad calls against them all.

  27. Triplett’s military service has nothing at all to do with how good or poor his officiating is, and to conflate the two is ridiculous. We can honor his service AND be upset with his mistakes. He’s Referee Triplett on the field, not Colonel Triplett.

  28. KC did a disappearing act that resets the standard. Didn’t do ANYTHING in the 2nd half. There’s a guy who operates a club in the northeast who says ‘60 minutes’ all the time.

    Alex needs to go. Blamed the loss on losing Kelce. Andy needs to go. What an egg they laid. The drops were bad, but are we supposed to have do-overs? Nobody like Edelman in KC – that’s for sure. 11 carries for Hunt? At halftime, Reid should have cut up the 95-page colorful playchart and kept 75% of the plays as Hunt plays.

    And I am glad that the adolescent Marcus Peters lost again. Revis made a fine unrewarded play. Dems da breaks.

  29. My favorite call from yesterdays game: Tripplette, after Mariota caught his own batted pass, “after further review the QB was an eligible reciever as he was in shotgun” .

    There was me, a Brit, 6000 miles away, never been an official, thinking that a batted ball could be caught by anyone, eligible or not! How stupid am I?

  30. Triplette better keep his retired azz out of KC. His body will be found in a dumpster. Dude handed the Titans a playoff win. KC make a play, he’d throw a bogus flag on a phantom player! Good riddance!!!!

  31. Good luck and have a happy retirement. Please dont go into the booth to become a talking head – just enjoy your well earned retirement. You did a thankless job making 1000’s of calls and despite the odd error you were a great referee. And those who criticize him – how would you like your life to be under the microscope and played back in slow motion???

  32. Wish Jeff Triplette the best in retirement.
    So what if he missed a few calls in his career…the fact he never strangled any of the whining coaches on sidelines speaks volumes…
    They have the absolutely worse rule book in all of sports.

    In other sports, refs toss players and coaches if they look at the refs sideways…in the NFL, it is a game of survival for refs. Not making excuses for the one’s who make glaring mistakes, but being on the field with a couple dozen folks with anger management issues…

  33. “Retire? Wow he must have been paid very well for his “missed” calls!”

    All the refs have had very successful and lucrative careers outside of the NFL, and the league pays them something like 125k a year on top of that. None of these guys needs a single payoff to retire.

  34. It’s silly to blame Triplett for a Chiefs loss, they were lucky to only lose by 1, let’s not forget – the Titans ended the game kneeling 4x at the Chiefs 10 yard line!

  35. I was not aware of his military service and they don’t just give Bronze Stars to anybody, which means he performed heroic service for his country. While he was a notoriously poor official he is clearly a good man who has earned our utmost respect.

  36. I appreciate Triplette service to our country in the Gulf War. That being said, he has had issues as a referee. Hochuli was no great shakes in the LA-ATL game either.

  37. If you watch NFL games you will notice certain things; if one team is penalized the first half then it reverses the second half; in many cases a underdog on the verge of an upset against certain teams suddenly gets a flurry of flags against them.

  38. Was Mike Pereira on the field? No, he spent two seasons on the sidelines. I have no idea how this fool has a job. He’s completely useless. I wouldn’t let him ref a shoving match in the men’s room.

  39. While I appreciate his service to the US military, I can’t help but be excited I’ll no longer see him on the field. He was notorious for his terrible calls and overly rigid interpretation of the rules and reducing the flow and excitement of the game. I’d cringe every time he’d be assigned to my team. Good riddance to him but I hope retirement treats him well.

  40. And no, Triplette is not the guy who misheard the coin toss, as some above seem to believe. That was Phil Luckett. If you’re going to bash the guy, which you justifiably can do, at least get your facts straight first.

  41. vegaskid21 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 11:38 am
    Triplette better keep his retired azz out of KC. His body will be found in a dumpster. Dude handed the Titans a playoff win. KC make a play, he’d throw a bogus flag on a phantom player! Good riddance!!!!

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    Nice……….KC lost a football game and you want to terminate someone’s live. Or did you lose a barrel full of money in Vegas?

  42. Refering to the other game from last night, i find it humorous that Hochuli needed to put glasses on to watch replays on the tablets. Maybe im wrong but seems that it questions his ability as a official if he is not wearing them while on the field.

  43. People ask “why if there are so many historical accepted instances that show how poor he is/was at his job, why was he head of a playoff crew?”

    Because we as fans allowed it when we demanded the league cave when the refs went on strike/were locked out. One of the main issues was referee accountability. Too many of us were short sighted and couldnt accept one dreadfully officiated season in return for the current bad refs being fired and future refs being held to a higher standard. Instead we demanded the league bring back the mediocrity (at best)we now complain about.

  44. sceaglesfan says:
    January 7, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Make no mistake: Andy Reid cost them the game, not some ref.
    )))))))))))))))))))))))))
    Mariota fumbled they said his progress was stopped. I never saw that call in my life. They got a FG out of that. There were other very questionable calls as well. WWE like game was called.

  45. NFL should be ashamed of themselves to allow Triplette on the field in a play off game. He himself called two plays very suspect to out come of game.

  46. To this day, I am dumbfounded that the NFL did not fire, or at least more seriously punish, Triplette for injuring Orlando Brown. Still remember watching that game, when Brown was flagged for a ticky-tack holding penalty. Triplette stood about ten feet from Brown and could easily have just tossed his beanbag on the ground, but instead he threw it directly at Brown, striking him in the eye. The disgraceful officiating was almost as egregious as the infamous Terry McAuley ruling against the Browns in 2001, when after Browns received Quincy Morgan caught a pass for a first down on a fourth down play, the Browns ran the next play quickly so that Morgan’s catch could not be reviewed, and after that first down play had been run, McAuley violated league policy by reviewing and overturning the previous play for the first down, thus handing the ball and the game to the Jaguars with less than a minute remaining, and costing the Browns a chance to advance to the playoffs. NFL officiating is rigged.

  47. If there’s one ref who should retire either for bias or incompetence, it’s Pete Morelli. The divisional playoff ref assignments have yet to be announced, but I fear Morelli may get another shot at the playoffs and will impact that game.

  48. hoosierhandicapper says:
    January 7, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Good first step.

    Now get rid of Al Riveron who has wrongfully overturned two calls (vs NYJ and the Steelers) and NOT overturned one (the Cooks game winning “catch” vs Houston) that have literally decided 3 games in their favor. I’m not even including the horrific K. Benjamin one vs the Bills when that game was still a tight one.
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    I think your hatred for NE has clouded your vision, since those calls were all correct. And to suggest that the obvious overturn in the Jets game somehow gave a victory to NE is absurd. They were up by 10 at the time.

  49. Sadly, I knew the Chiefs were going to lose as soon as Triplette was announced as the head official. the Chiefs are not good enough to overcome bad referees. That indictment is on Fat Andy, who should be fired.

  50. hoosierhandicapper says:
    January 7, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Good first step.

    Now get rid of Al Riveron who has wrongfully overturned two calls (vs NYJ and the Steelers) and NOT overturned one (the Cooks game winning “catch” vs Houston) that have literally decided 3 games in their favor. I’m not even including the horrific K. Benjamin one vs the Bills when that game was still a tight one.
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    One more thing to add: So even though the Jets were behind by more than one score, you have determined that the overturned call at the goal line (which was obvious if you know the rule) somehow cost the Jets a win.

    But in the Steeler game the overturned call (which was also correct) occurred with 34 seconds left. So even if it had been called a TD NE still had time to come back just like you have assumed the Jets would have. Not to mention that Pittsburgh blew a chance at a 20 yard FG to tie it.

    In other words, you seem to have invented these scenarios where in a game vs NE the opponents failures are ignored, and only their comeback is assumed.

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